05/27/2016 2:36 PM
For most young fans, the passion for the game of hockey begins at a young age. In the case of four-year-old Madison Telford, this is exactly how it worked out.
During the 2014-2015 ECHL season, Madison was enrolled in a dance class. But, on one Wednesday night, her mother Jen MacDonald had tickets for herself, Madison and her brother Logan for that night’s Brampton Beast game; unfortunately, that was the night of dance class.
A decision had to be made.
“They never had an interest in hockey until their first Beast game,” said Jen. “A friend of ours had some extra tickets and that asked if we wanted to come out and initially they were not interested because they had never seen hockey before.”
When the decision was made to attend the game, their entire mindset changed.
“When they got here, they were rooting them on. Shoot, pass, kick them in the bum!” Jen said. “They would yell at the other goalies and get them going.”
When they got home from the game the excitement only continued to grow.
“We went to sleep chanting ‘Go Beast Go’,” Jen said. “At school everyone had to know they went to the Beast game and they had to print off pictures of them with the Beast players, it was an exciting moment.”
Madison said that her favourite part of the game was how fast and big the players were, as well as the Beast mascot Boomer.
For most young children, their interests wane easily from day to day, but Madison’s love for the Beast only continued to grow throughout the offseason and into this past season.
“There were a few Wednesday games last season where she would not go into dance class,” Jen said. “She wanted to be here with the Beast. She wanted to be a Beast. It was so cute.”
Jen bought Madison a pair of skates to get her started in the game, and she was a natural.
“She had these skates that were like training wheels on the skates and Beast goaltender Bryan Pitton said ‘Madison take those off’, and she took them off and she just went,” Jen said proudly. “And after that there was no stopping her, and that was her first time, it was here on the Beast ice.”
Jen has decided to make the transition for Madison from dance this year.
“I am definitely looking into to getting her playing hockey in the fall.”
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